How To Create The Ultimate Villain Or Antagonist

What is hero without a villain? Well, he won’t be a hero that’s for sure. And the better the villain, the more the audience roots for the hero. So, today, we have a video on how to create the ultimate villain or antagonist.

Much of the content comes from two blog posts that we looked at last year. Plus, we have some different examples and an extra tip (10 tips, rather than the 9 in the blog posts).

Here is the video. Enjoy!


In the video, we look at the differences between a villain and an antagonist, and here are some of the key tips in no particular order:

  • Give your villain a rational reason for acting the way he does;
  • Make your villain challenge the hero at every stage of the narrative;
  • Give your villain character traits that make him admired but feared at the same time; and
  • Give your villain a backstory.

Moreover, some of the villains that are assessed in the video are as follows:

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Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto from X-Men: First Class is one of the many examples of terrific villains/antagonists that we discuss in the video.
  • Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight;
  • Erik Lehnsherr/Magento from X-Men: First Class & X-Men: Days of Future Past;
  • Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidius/The Emperor from Star Wars: Episodes I-VI; and
  • Lord Tywin Lannister from A Song of Ice & Fire.

Lastly, I really hope you enjoy this video on how to create the ultimate villain or antagonist, and that it helps to make the writing process a little easier. Let me know what you think of me my tips. What do you think I have left out?


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